Rock Legend Fats Domino Dies At Age 89

The Washington Post reports:

Antoine “Fats” Domino, the jovial New Orleans entertainer whose bluesy singing and boogie-woogie piano style helped launch rock-and-roll in the 1950s with such rollicking songs as “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and “I’m Walkin’,” died Oct. 24. He was 89.

Among the early rockers, Mr. Domino was rivaled only by Elvis Presley in record sales. He dominated Billboard magazine’s pop and rhythm-and-blues charts from 1955 to 1963.

Moreover, Mr. Domino’s signature piano triplets — three notes for every beat — became the basis of rock and pop ballads for the next three decades, including such diverse recordings as the Beatles’ “Oh, Darling,” Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine” and even Percy Faith’s “Theme From ‘A Summer Place.’”

  • PickyPony

    RIP, Fats! My parents used to play your music all the time. Mom taught me how to dance while you played. Thanks for the good times.

  • bkmn

    What a long and productive life. RIP Fats

  • JoeMyGod

    Trivia: Chubby Checker took his name as a play on already popular Fats Domino after a friendly joke from Dick Clark’s wife.

    • Kendall

      My hubby told me this years ago; it’s one of my favorite little music trivia tidbits. 🙂

    • Phillip in L.A.

      According to BBC News Service, “Fats” had nothing to do with Mr Domino’s physique, but was instead a nod to two piano players named ‘Fats’ (whose style Mr Domino incorporated).

      Of course, that did not prevent Mr Checker from interpreting the name the way he wished.

      RIP Fats Domino! You sold more records during the ’50s than anyone (except Elvis), and you contributed more to the creation of “rock ‘n’ roll” than perhaps any other single person.

  • HZ81

    RIP, Fats and thank you for the rock & roll.

    Today, he’d be Plus-sized Domino. Was going to say Big-Boned Domino, but that sounds too porny.

    • greenmanTN

      I’m triggered!

  • Todd20036

    A shame but not a tragedy. You lived your life well and on your terms.
    RIP Mr. Domino

  • Henry Auvil

    Fats, we hardly knew ye… RIP.

  • Lakeview Bob

    You can tell he was a very kind and loving man by just looking at his sweet face. He will be missed.

  • Leo

    OT bombshell albeit nothing surprises anyone here anymore (me included)

    • Gustav2

      Yeah, right. After all the other stuff, he said no to additional Hillary hate and meddling

    • Daveed_WOW

      I’m not sure I understand what any of that means. However, I think the Republicans are really gonna start hatin’ Hillary for this.

      • Leo

        Cambridge Analytica is no longer an innocent party that was hired out. They actively sought to hire a man with admitted connections to the Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 still sought by the U.S. government.

        There’s a few other points besides that but that’s the biggie.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Oh Lord. My Momma’s going to call me any minute with the “Death Report.”
    “Joe….did you know who died? Fat’s Domino!”
    “Yes Mom, I know.”

  • Rex

    The body grows weary and is too soon gone, but the talent and memories live on forever.

  • anne marie in philly

    RIP, fats. play on in the afterlife.

  • worstcultever

    Loved him. Another unique and irreplaceable talent. Posting this comment again, from the previous thread, cuz this song is so great

    RIP to one of the giants. This little-known song is my favorite Fats. It’s natch about a hurt lover but the older I’ve gotten the more it speaks to me of growing old.

  • William

    We had all his hit songs on 45’s (little records you youngsters).

    • worstcultever

      and them little plastic center thingies!

      • RobynWatts

        With 3 speeds: 33 rpm, 45 rpm, & 78 rpm.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          I remember a (very) old turntable my grandparents had at home that also had a speed 16!

          • Gianni

            The 16 speed was used for voice and vocal transcriptions. Personally never had a record for that speed. Nothing musical was ever put out at 16 that I can recall.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Thank you for that, Gianni! I didn’t know what that speed was for, nor did I ever see anything marked with that speed, and no one else ever knew that I asked (as a kid)! 🙂

    • safari

      I had an acquaintance in high school in the late ’90s ask me what exactly a turntable was.

      • safari

        I had graduate students two years ago think I was crazy for having a USB floppy disk device for old data.

        • safari

          Last week I had an undergraduate stare at me blankly when i asked if he knew of Super Mario Brothers 2.

          • Phil2u

            My nephew, who is approaching 40 (I think) was in the first Super Mario Bros. as a “child star.” L O L.

          • William
          • JCF

            I think I still have one in storage. True Fact: my early Aughts electronic landline was useless in a power outage. I plugged in the ol’ rotary, and called the power company on it! [Yes, yes, w/ a (charged) cell, this situation can’t happen.]

          • William

            I keep a rotary phone plugged in because it’s loud and because it works during power failures. Cell phone service isn’t always reliable out here in the boonies, so I can’t get rid of the land line. As long as I don’ t have to press 1, during the disaster, I’ll be fine.

        • Stubenville

          I should donate my Zip drive and a carton full of cartridges to the Smithsonian.

          • William

            I never got around to buying one of those. Oops.

      • RobynWatts

        It’s what they use to turn train engines with. :>)

        IIRC, many club DJ’s were still using vinyl for mixing and sampling at the time, even though PC tech had open the door for programs like SAW.

      • Gianni

        Can still buy them. I read that vinyl is enjoying some sort of comeback. Can’t figure it and I grew up with vinyl.

    • CanuckDon

      We had this one on a 45 but it had a break in it so every second had a “click” to it. Great to hear it without it!


    • Tawreos

      Well you would need smaller records to fit on the smaller Ipods, right?

    • djcoastermark

      I never could figure out how to get those little 45’s to fit into my 5 1/4 disc drive. All I got was a horrible screech out of the drive, didn’t even come out of the speakers. I just chalk it up to us kids back then that couldn’t figure how to do it right.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Considering they 45-rpm records are 7″ in diameter, that would have been quite a feat!

        • djcoastermark

          but the slot was sooo big !

          • Phillip in L.A.

            It was just the right size! 🙂

            Did you use those plastic insert gizmos, that were round and had the slots? Also, depending on where you might have grown up, 45’s were also released with just the small spindle hole in the center.

          • Gianni

            I probably still have a couple of these 45 adapters in a drawer somewhere. One needed these if your record player didn’t have a 45 adapter to place on the center spindle.

          • djcoastermark

            Cool stuff. I collected those. There were so many different kinds. With them you could stack a bunch on the spindle . Let the party start!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Thanks guys, for reminding me of one of my more pleasant pastimes, that persisted from when I was a kid, to well into adulthood:

            • thumbing through stacks of 45’s in the record-store bins!

    • BearEyes

      little records – ROFL.
      And yes, I still have a stack of them in the basement somewhere.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I’ve got a stack of hundreds of them I still listen to on occasion!

        • Gianni

          Got all that I ever bought filling one of the big drawers in a dresser. Always so exciting to go to The Music Mart to get a new song. Got to check it out in one of the booths with a turntable in it before buying it.

    • kaydenpat

      Lol. How young do you think we are? I remember 8 tracks.

      • BearEyes

        oh, the newer technology 😉

      • Karl Dubhe

        Big cassettes, right?

        • kaydenpat

          Yep from the 70s.

    • coram nobis

      And the record players for 33, 45 and 78s.

    • jerry

      From my grandparents’ attic, I got a lot of the 45’s and 78’s that my aunt and uncles listened to in the late 50’s/early 60’s. I have “Blueberry Hill” on 78…I think “Ain’t That a Shame” is on the reverse. Also have “The Twist” from Chubby Checkers. No longer have anything to play them on, though.

  • thatotherjean

    RIP, sir, and thanks for all the music.

  • Stubenville

    So much talent. What a loss. =(

  • Phil2u

    Oh no!… and I just said that yesterday (Guillaume).

  • worstcultever

    Even pondering the concluded life of a beloved musician is a welcome break from Trump puke fascist gaslight horrors, and reminds us of the richness that humans can give each other.

    • leastyebejudged

      Well, it was until you felt compelled to bring that feces in here.

  • RobynWatts

    I consider Fat Domino to be a cornerstone of rock and roll. His music helped to break down the racial barriers that had existed in the 1950s, particularly in the south.

    R.I.P. Fats Domino, and thank you!

  • kaydenpat

    Awww. My parents loved him. May he RIP.

  • BearEyes

    Another one from my childhood gone. Dammit!
    Great music. Great influence on music.

    • Gianni

      To me, it’s like another little part of my life just fell away never to be put back in. Those were the days, they really were.

  • We here in New Orleans are devastated. All the social media feeds are expressing the outpouring of sorrow at Fats’ passing.

    • William

      After Hurricane Katrina, there were news reports that Fats had died. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard this today.

    • Maisie Lu

      I saw him headline at the N.O. Jazzfest in the ’90s and he was magnificent. The crowd worshipped him. One of the all-time ambassadors for New Orleans music. RIP.

  • JWC

    Another loss. We seem to have said goodbye to so many this year

  • Dan M

    and Keith Richards still lives! 🙂

  • David Walker

    Perhaps this will stay at the bottom of the thread where it belongs, but Fats, at first, was not allowed to be heard on proper AM rock and roll stations, so Pat Boone covered his songs. Fortunately, the nighttime clear channel radio stations like WKBW, WOWO, and CKLW figured out that Pat was a schmuck and played Fats’ records. It was one of those “light flashes on over head” moments. It’s like the line from “Without Love” in “Hairspray”: “But now I’ve tasted chocolate and I’m never going back.” I kind of knew this music existed, but when I heard it, I searched it out. Elvis…meh. Fats forever!

  • Steve Teeter

    How sad. Fats meant a lot to New Orleans. About fifteen years ago I saw him in one of his rare public appearances, playing at Jazzfest on the biggest stage they had. He went through all of his hits, plus the locally known tunes, and the crowd of New Orleanians jumped up and down and sang along with him. They knew every note and word, and had since childhood. There must have been eight thousand people or more in that crowd, the biggest sing-along imaginable. He is missed.

  • leastyebejudged

    “we go, in detachments, to the strange home”

  • Gianni

    So many memories and the ones who made them disappearing. Feeling sad. Always liked Fats.

  • fuzzybits

    Another great one gone.